Illinois pet dubbed world’s tallest cow

In this Oct. 13, 2014 photo, Patty Hanson is all smiles for the camera as she holds onto her Holstein cow Blosom while photographers from the Guinness World Records in London, England document the world's tallest cow for the 2016 book of world records, in Orangeville Ill. Hanson received notification of the distinction for the world record in August about Blosom, who measured 6 feet 4 inches tall at the wither (shoulder) in August. (AP Photo/The Journal-Standard, Jane Lethlean)

ORANGEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — A 6-foot-4-inch cow owned by a woman from Orangeville has been named the world’s tallest cow.

Patty Hanson and Blosom the cow smiled for their official Guinness World Records photo shoot Monday. Hanson received an email in mid-August saying Blosom had been granted the honor.

The owner says she sought the record after veterinarians and the cow’s foot trimmer constantly noted the 2,000-pound animal’s large size. At the end of May, family and friends began documenting Blosom’s mass through photos and videos. Her official measurements were taken by a vet from Orangeville Animal Health Service.

Hanson says the record-breaking cow is the pride of her Orangeville farm. Hanson got Blosom when she was a calf and eventually decided to keep her as a pet.

Blosom turned 13 in July. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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